Providing more flexibility for employee health care
The Elect PPO plans provide the choice and flexibility of getting in-network care from the high-performing Kaiser Permanente provider network within our Washington service area and from the broad provider networks of First Choice Health and First Health outside of our Washington service area. Elect PPO plans are available to employees of small businesses headquartered in King, Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish, and Thurston counties.
Getting Care in Washington
In-network care is provided by Kaiser Permanente providers and more than 9,000 contracted providers1 within our 18-county service area and by First Choice Health network providers in Washington counties not in our service area. Care from a First Choice Health network provider within our 18-county service area is covered at the out-of-network benefit level. However, if care is provided by a First Choice Health doctor outside of Kaiser Permanente Washington’s 18-county service area, it is covered as in-network care. Care provided by doctors not in the Elect PPO network would be covered as out-of-network.
Getting Care outside Washington
In California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Oregon, Virginia, or Washington, D.C., in-network care is provided at all Kaiser Permanente facilities. It is also provided by doctors in the First Choice Health and First Health networks, depending on the state. In Alaska, Idaho, Montana, or Oregon, in-network care is provided by doctors in the First Choice Health network. In all other states, in-network care is provided by doctors in the First Health network. Care provided by doctors not in the Elect PPO network would be covered as out-of-network.
Providers and Service area
Kaiser Permanente Washington’s 18-county service area includes Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Island, King, Kitsap, Kittitas, Lewis, Mason, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish, Spokane, Thurston, Walla Walla, Whatcom, Whitman, and Yakima. You can find a list of Elect PPO providers in our Provider Directory.
1 OIC Provider Form A All plans offered and underwritten by Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington or Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington Options, Inc.